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Human Rights: An Islamic Perspective


The concept of Human Rights has become something of a catch phrase in the
contemporary world. A considerable amount of legislation was observed in after
the Second World War, both at the International and State levels. There are no
two opinions about the guarantee of Human Rights to citizens of states.
However, a sharp polarization exists between two schools of thoughts on the
issue of attributing human rights to religion. Of them, one school affirms and the
other rejects the idea. If religion is to be recognized as a central defining
characteristic of civilization, then one has to give it a serious thought. The
present paper is an attempt to take into account the role of Islam in the
promotion of human rights. For the benefit of readers, the origin and perspective
of human rights have also been discussed.

Keywords: Human Rights, Concept, State, Promotion